I enjoyed this episode more than the others in this season. Everything was running at a reasonable pace, and I found myself really feeling something for Korra, utter irritation.
Korra now in Republic city decides to go on a peace march with the Southern Tribe. While there though an act of terrorism ruins the march as the Cultural Center explodes, the only lead being a fire bender who escapes but drops what looks like a detonator. Obviously, Korra not thinking is quick to blame the Northern Tribe. Then she has to try and get the President of the Republic to assist the southern water tribe against the north by sending in the United Forces . Unfortunately and well within reason, the president cannot intervene due to the fact that the conflict is an internal issue between the two tribes.
Lately, Korra cannot seem to act like an Adult, let alone the Avatar. When the president told her he cannot help she stormed off like a spoiled child. Mako even had to break up with her because he was doing his job by reporting to the president that Korra was trying to organize troops from the fire nation to assist the southern tribe. This pissed her off to no extent which is understandable and the two ended up breaking up. Much better if you ask me just because at this particular point, Mako could do much better. Korra is always playing the “Woes me, I’m the avatar, look at all this responsibility.” and I think Aang would be seriously disappointed in her.
Upset, angry and just plain old frustrated Korra hooks up a boat and speeds off on the ocean, I’m assuming to do a dumb thing like take on the North or something, except the twins of Unalaq are sent to capture her and bring her back alive so that she can open the southern spirit portal. Another excellent battle ensues but is cut short when a spirit coming from beneath the ocean attacks Korra. Using her “spirit-bending” (which she shouldn’t really be good at I might add) she tried to calm the spirit and send it back to the spirit world. Things don’t go according to plan as the spirit breaks free from her bending and just out right Jonah and the whale’s her. The two twins obviously not going to take on a spirit, run for their lives.
All in all, a lot better except for Korra being a dumb child.
OK, so since Korra opened up the southern portal, her Uncle Unalaq is sending in his water tribe troops from the north to the south in order to protect the portal in case someone means to harm the spirits. According to Unalaq, this is a great way to unite both northern and southern tribes. Unfortunately it causes a lot of friction between the two regions and quickly escalates into the beginnings of a…yes you guessed it, a civil war. The northern and southern tribes are literally starting to pick fights with each other in the middle of the streets forcing Korra to intervene which obviously makes her an enemy as well. Being the Avatar is not easy. Tenzin has decided to go on his vacation and it really was interesting to learn about the history of Tenzin and his brother and sister and what kind of father Aang was. Apparently not the greatest because his brother and sister never went on vacations with their Dad like Tenzin did which then causes a bit of tension between the siblings.
As aggression builds between the two water tribes some of the southern members have created a rebellion and decide to kidnap Unalaq in order to get rid of the Northern tribe. However, Korra finds out and rushes to her Uncle’s side. What ensues is an epic ass kicking from Korra’s side and the way she water bended at the end of the battle causing the snow vehicle to fall was an awesome finishing move. There was a touching moment when Korra got back home after this whole ordeal and found her parents about to eat a meal. With tears in Korra’s eyes she reveals how happy she was that her father was not part of the attempted kidnapping. It really was heart warming. But, drama has to ensue. Just as Korra’s family has made up, Unalaq bursts in and puts her Mom and Dad on trial for attempting to assassinate him.
The trial goes pear shaped though, with most of the questions being asked, deliberately sounding like a guilty enticement and all members including Korra’s Dad are found guilty. For some strange reason though Korra’s mom was let off. Things start to become pretty obvious at this point, all evidence pointing to what a lying, manipulative prick Unalaq really is. Korra then decides to break her Father and other members out of prison and an epic battle ensues between Unalaq and Korra. Luckily they all manage to escape.
With Unalaq partially showing his hand my interest has risen but still not quite where i would like it be.
On the negative side these episodes were alright but to be very honest, I’m still not feeling it. So far it’s still not as entertaining as the first season. There are quite a few good moments and the chuckles are there but it’s still missing something. It’s just not grabbing me and I really wish i knew why. That said there are still a few things worth mentioning which allow both episodes to be redeemed. First of all Korra can kick some serious ass. I honestly think she could kick Aang’s ass any day of the week. She is so aggressive and I love the fact that she attacks first at one point in the episodes.
Not a bad continuation. Some things do feel rushed but otherwise OK. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see.